Craft brewer Stone & Wood has launched its fifth annual Stone Beer, the winter seasonal brew that celebrates beer's medieval origins.
Brewed in April, the 2013 Stone Beer this time featuring the addition of chocolate wheat to what was already an eclectic grain bill.
"Another tweak was marrying a relatively new hop called Enigma to some German nobles – this added a small boost of fruitiness to the powerful malt character across the middle palate," Stone & Wood said.
"The chocolate wheat kicks in by balancing the finish, which is firm and long. The beer is still very much in that big dark Germanic ale mould. Imagine what the love child of a beautiful bock and handsome stout might drink like and you're close."
The Stone Beer is available in kegs and 500ml bottles at good beer bars and bottle shops across the country. A single 500ml bottle retails for around $10.
Stone & Wood is also selling 'vintage packs' that consist of its highly collectable 500ml swing-top, ceramic bottle and a standard 500ml bottle.
These are available exclusively through the brewery's online store www.stoneandwood.com.au for $45 + postage.